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Closure of A road picnic areas would be 'unsafe'

Plans to close picnic areas alongside the main A roads in North Devon have been described as a safety risk by the local council.

The County Council say it would save a £133,000 shutting the facilities on the A361 and A39.

But the authority is being urged to reconsider, as tired motorists would have nowhere else to stop between the M5 and Barnstaple.

"There's an appalling accident record on the North Devon Link Road. Every time there's an accident it costs the County Council money in terms of responding to it and the small amount of savings I think that would be made here could easily be lost by increased accidents. You can't produce a direct correlation but you can see the argument and that's why Nick Harvey MP and I are petitioning against these further cuts to the Highways budget."

– Cllr Brian Greenslade, Leader of North Devon Council

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Two men seriously injured in crash at Tiverton

Two men have been seriously injured in a crash on the A361 at Tiverton. They have been taken to Derriford Hospital by air ambulance.

The crash involved three vehicles and happened on the southbound carriageway just past Bolham roundabout at 9.30am.

The A361 remains closed in both directions between Bolham roundabout in Tiverton to Stoneland Cross. Drivers are advised to avoid the area for the time being.

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Trains suspended through Dawlish

On the trains, the CrossCountry service is suspended between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot due to poor weather conditions along the sea wall.

Tickets are being accepted on First Great Western services.

CrossCountry services won't run through Dawlish until around 11:00. First Great Western will still run, although may be delayed because of speed restrictions.

Huge waves crash over Dawlish rail track

TRAINS are being cancelled and delayed on the Plymouth to Exeter railway line as "huge waves" crash over the repaired track at Dawlish.

It has led to the following Tweet from a passenger:

Damage left by the winter storms has now been repaired Credit: PA

Last year the damaged Dawlish line, which was left with its tracks hanging in mid-air after the sea wall collapsed and the foundations were washed away in February, became one of the defining images of the storms that hit the South West.

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